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Hitchcock: Rebecca Chapter 4

Posted on April 28, 2020 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Rebecca: The Unnamed Narrator

Chapter 4

• The narrator in Daphne du Maurier’s novel “Rebecca is never named. Du Maurier wrote later that this was because she could never come up with the right name for the character and as she continued to write, it became easier just not to name her.

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Rebecca: Chapter 2 Fear

Posted on April 23, 2020 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

  Mrs. Danvers

 

In the first chapter of Rebecca, Du Murier describes the dream of her main character. The dream is returning to Manderley and in this first chapter she lays down the foundation of themes that are to come. Fear is the primary one, fear and foreboding.

 

In the dream, nature has overwhelmed the stately and manicured mansion and threatens it. The reader is left with a sense of uneas...

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Faminism, Winnie Verloc and The Secret Agent

Posted on April 17, 2020 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Conrad once described “The Secret Agent” as the story of Winnie Verloc. The novel, though, is seldom thought of as the story of a woman. Conrad, in fact, is often dismissed as a sexist. His women characters are usually thought of as one-dimensional and passive.

None of the adaptations of “The Secret Agent” (and I have now watched four of them) ...

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Cinematic Effects in Conrad

Posted on April 15, 2020 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

FILMIC ASPECTS OF THE SECRET AGENT

 

“The Secret Agent” Joseph Conrad’s novel which formed the basis of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Sabotage,” is not an easy novel to read. English was not Conrad’s first language. In fact, Conrad was in his 20s before he became fluent in English. But even so, Conrad is considered one of the best English novelists.

 

It is poss...

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Hitchcock: Early Silent Films; Number 13

Posted on April 10, 2020 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

 

 

Number 13 (1922)

Alfred Hitchcock got his first chance to direct a film in 1922 on the silent film “Number 13.” After only a few shots were done, however, the budget fell apart and the film was pulled from production. Unfortunately, like many films of that era, the footage has been lost long ago.

The...

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HITCHCOCK: BEFORE AND AFTER HOLLYWOOD: aLVA REVILLE PART 3

Posted on April 5, 2020 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Blog Entry: Hitchcock Before and After Hollywood: Alma Reville (Part 3)

 

 

Alfred Hitchcock’s wife, Alma Reville had a keen ear for dialogue, and an editor's sharp eye for scrutinizing a film's final version for continuity flaws so minor they had escaped the notice of the director and/or the crew.

 

Reville noticed Janet Leigh inadvertently breathing after her character's fatal enc...

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Hitchcock: The Lodger (1927)

Posted on April 2, 2020 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

 

 

After years of working in silent films, Hitchcock's first successful film was the thriller “The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927).

 

This film is about the search for a serial killer murdering young blond women in London. It was in this film that Hitchcock used a special effect he is now famous for. In order to enhance the sound and effect of the lodger walking back...

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hITCHCOCK'S EARLY CAREER

Posted on April 1, 2020 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Alfred Hitchcock was born in 1899, in working class London, an environment that became the location of many of his early films. Hitchcock’s father was a greengrocer and sometimes fish salesman.

 

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One of Hitchcock’s early memories was being made fun of by other children because he smelled like fish. He once said he couldn’t rememb...

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HITCHCOCK: BEFORE AND AFTER HOLLYWOOD: DOWNHILL

Posted on March 31, 2020 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Alfred Hitchcock was one of the most influential and extensively studied of all filmmakers. He directed over 50 features films over a span of six decades, and these films garnered a total of 46 Oscar nominations which included six wins.

 

One of the reasons Hitchcock’s career is so fascinating is that he came into the film industry at its inception.

 

Hitchcock entered the...

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HITCHCOCK: BEFORE AND AFTER HOLLYWOOD: DOWNHILL

Posted on March 31, 2020 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Alfred Hitchcock was one of the most influential and extensively studied of all filmmakers. He directed over 50 features films over a span of six decades, and these films garnered a total of 46 Oscar nominations which included six wins.

 

One of the reasons Hitchcock’s career is so fascinating is that he came into the film industry at its inception.

 

Hitchcock entered the...

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